5 1st prizes have just minutes ago been awarded at the 2018 Young Concert Artists International Auditions – in New York City.
The 2018 1st prize winners are:
- 22-year-old American violinist Randall Goosby
- 17-year-old Japanese violinist Risa Hokamura
- 15-year-old American pianist Maxim Lando
- 22-year-old Chinese pianist Aristo Sham
- 21-year-old Danish/American cellist Jonathan Swensen
All 5 winners will be invited to join the Young Concert Artists’ roster – granting access to a minimum of 3 years management services, career engagements, publicity and career guidance – plus coveted recital debuts in New York City and at the Washington DC Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
The Young Concert Artists International Auditions differ from a competition, as there are no rankings, and any number of winners can be selected – with each candidate competing against a standard of excellence, not each other.
This year’s final round jury comprised: Susan Wadsworth (Chair), vocalists Peggy Bouveret and Randall Scarlata, violinists Koichiro Harada and Chee-Yun, pianists Jerome Lowenthal and Ilana Vered, violist Scott Nickrenz, cellist Fred Sherry and trumpeter/conductor Gerard Schwarz.
Previous recipients include: Pinchas Zukerman, Ida Kavafian, Chee-Yun, Emanuel Ax, Murray Perahia and Anne Akiko Meyers – and VC Artists Paul Huang, Bella Hristova, Benjamin Beilman, Ray Chen, Stephen Warts, Zlatomir Fung, Edgar Moreau, Xavier Foley, SooBeen Lee and Zlatomir Fung.